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  • National Physical Fitness & Sports Month – LZX Team Feature: Linnea

    We continue our coverage of National Physical Fitness & Sports Month with Linnea! Linnea is our Learning ZoneXpress project manager, product manager, content expert - the list could go on and on. She's passionate about nutrition and activity, and we all learn so much from her every day. Learn more about this great gal in the post below!

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  • National Physical Fitness & Sports Month - LZX Team Feature: Michelle

    To continue our posts for National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, we're featuring another LZX employee's thoughts and stories on physical activity. Today's post is all about Michelle. Michelle is new to the LZX team, and we are thrilled to have her. She works in both our Customer Service and Shipping Departments and does a fantastic job. Here's what she has to say about sports and activity. Enjoy! What was your favorite sport/activity as a kid and why? I enjoyed playing softball and basketball growing up.  I grew up watching baseball and basketball with my dad.  I enjoy the...

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  • National Physical Fitness & Sports Month - LZX Team Feature: Becky

    May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, something we take pretty seriously here at Learning ZoneXpress. To help celebrate and continue the conversation about the importance of physical activity, we thought it would be fun to share thoughts, stories and pictures from LZX team members about the topic. We'll be sharing these throughout the month of May. First up is Becky. (Michelle's on deck and Linnea is in the hole) Becky is our Marketing Database Manager and has been involved in sports her entire life. What was your favorite sport/activity as a kid and why? [caption id="attachment_6656" align="alignright...

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  • Physical activity breaks in MN schools support Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Program

    Students at Osseo, MN schools are taking 10 minute movement breaks as part of a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program instituted in their system.  Suspensions and required disciplinary actions have been reduced dramatically. In response to pressure to reduce suspensions and improve learning by reducing disruptive behavior in class, school districts are trying alternative measures with great success. Review entire article in the Star Tribune. Schools across Minnesota and the entire country are implementing similar practices, and we love seeing the positive impact physical activity and movement can have on learning and behavior. To support these initiatives, Learning...

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  • Celebrate your heroes during Teacher Appreciation Week with Free Downloads!

    Celebrate your heroes the week of May 2-6, 2016 during Teacher Appreciation Week and School Nutrition Employee Week. To help you celebrate, Learning ZoneXpress is offering three downloadable certificates of appreciation and recognition. These certificates are easy to print and award to deserving individuals in your school and community. During Teacher Appreciation Week, award educators that have a positive influence at your school. Let’s express gratitude for those teachers impacting tomorrow’s leaders. For School Nutrition Employee Week, recognize directors, managers, staff, parents – anyone that is a champion for school nutrition. Let this week serve as a reminder for all...

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  • Grants Enhance Skateparks in Underserved Communities

    From our friends at GrantStation... Grants Enhance Skateparks in Underserved Communities Tony Hawk Foundation The Tony Hawk Foundation is dedicated to funding the construction of new, quality skateparks located in low-income communities throughout the United States. The Foundation primarily supports projects that can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment, particularly in the form of planning and fundraising by local skateboarders and other community groups. Priority is given to projects that are designed and built from concrete by experienced skatepark contractors and include local skaters in the design process. Grants of $1,000 to $25,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations and state or...

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  • K-12 Service Learning Programs Funded

    From our friends at GrantStation... Youth Service America: State Farm Good Neighbor Impact Schools Grants The State Farm Good Neighbor Impact Schools Grants program, a partnership of Youth Service America (YSA) and State Farm, supports K-12 administrators who want to create a culture of meaningful learning through service at their school or school district. The program will select 20 K-12 public schools or districts to be recognized as Good Neighbor Impact Schools. Each selected school or district will receive a grant of up to $5,000 to support their efforts to authentically engage students in service during the 2016-2017 academic year...

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  • Who benefits from financial education? Millennials, girls, and credit scores!

    As a teacher you often know when you’ve made a difference. You see the spark. You get the answer that’s so right it puts a new spin on a topic for you! But it’s always nice to get a little confirmation from the research. The Minnesota Credit Union has some good news… Minnesota Credit Unions have assembled and reviewed the research to show how millennials, girls, and credit scores are benefiting from financial education such as that required in Minnesota. Here’s an example… Students exposed to mandated personal finance education exhibit meaningful improvements in credit outcomes. Three years following the implementation...

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  • Grants Promote Access to Oral Healthcare

    Dental Trade Alliance Foundation The Dental Trade Alliance Foundation is dedicated to supporting promising initiatives that achieve measurable impact and facilitate real change in oral healthcare. The Foundation is offering grants of up to $25,000 for innovative, sustainable, scalable projects designed to increase access to oral healthcare for those in need. Funded projects should not only improve access to oral care in their immediate area, but also have the potential to grow and be implemented in other areas of the country. Applications are accepted from dental organizations, dental schools, universities, government organizations, and nonprofit organizations for programs located in the...

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  • Elk River and Sauk Rapids-Rice High Schools Repeat Top Honors at Minnesota’s 2016 ProStart Invitational

    Teams from Elk River and Sauk Rapids-Rice high schools repeated first place honors in the culinary competition and management competition respectively at the 10th annual Minnesota ProStart Invitational, sponsored by the Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation and Sysco Minnesota. The event, held March 10 at Sysco Minnesota in Mounds View, showcased the cooking talents and business skills of high school students enrolled in the ProStart program at their schools. Both teams now advance to the National ProStart Invitational, which will be held in Texas on April 29-May 1. Culinary Competition Each of the competing culinary teams had one hour to prepare...

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